Milford Sound Coach, Cruise, and Walk from Te Anau

Milford Sound Coach, Cruise, and Walk from Te Anau

From $97.13 per person

Take part in an exciting day excursion to Milford Sound from Te Anau. Travel by coach, cruise, and on foot to explore spectacular alpine scenery. Take part in this walking experience to capture views of native forest and untamed wildlife.

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Duration 1 day
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Te Anau accommodation pick-up available, please advise at time of booking or reconfirmation. 1 May – 31 October: Pick-up will be between 8:30 - 8:40 AM. Please be ready at 8:30 AM. 1 November – 30 April: Pick-up will be between 7:45 AM and 8:00 AM, please ensure that you are ready at 7:45 AM.


  • See Milford Sound in small groups with experienced, local guides
  • Take a boat cruise to the Tasman Sea with excellent viewing opportunities
  • The tour group's special National Park license allows them to show you all the special places and get off the beaten track
  • Experience the natural fauna and flora of the area
  • Choose to stay with your nature guide and enjoy short walks, or select a walk on the Routeburn Track
Full description
Enjoy a leisurely small-group day excursion to Milford Sound from Te Anau, with an extended nature cruise along the full length of the fiord. Your tour includes all the best scenic stops, including short walks. In the summer (1 November - 30 April) you can also select a 2.5 hour self-guided hike to key summit on the renowned Routeburn Track. From Te Anau, travel along the spectacular Milford Road with local, experienced nature guides who are eager to share their stories, knowledge, and passion for the area. Upon reaching Milford Sound, you will join a nature cruise traveling out to the Tasman Sea. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to view waterfalls, rainforest, mountains, and wildlife. On completion of the cruise, passengers will board a small coach and begin their journey overland. If you prefer shorter walks, stay with the nature guide and enjoy a series of walks in a range of different environments within the National Park. Enjoy access to the Hollyford Valley, Lake Gunn and the Marian Gantry. Experience the powerful, tumbling waters, step into the ancient native forest and witness this World Heritage area and its untamed wilderness at its best. Alternatively, passengers seeking a longer hike can take part in a 2.5-hour unguided walk to Key Summit via the renowned Routeburn Track. Walk the track ascending up through lush beech rainforest and into the alpine environment. Admire the panoramic views of the surrounding Fiordland Mountains, alpine lakes, and deep bush clad valleys. The groups will then reunite before continuing along the Milford Road back to Te Anau. Note this option is not available on our winter timetable from 1 May to 31 October. Note: 1 May - 31 October: pick-up will be at 8:30 AM from Te Anau, short walks and scenic stops en-route to Milford Sound, 2-hour nature cruise on Milford Sound, before return to Te Anau at 5:00 PM.
  • Professional nature guide
  • All transport from Te Anau, with walking and photo opportunities
  • pick-up from all central Te Anau accommodation
  • A Milford Sound small-boat cruise to the Tasman Sea
  • Wilderness tea break including hot drinks and home baked biscuits.
  • 1 November - 30 April: on return from Milford a guided nature tour in Hollyford Valley or a 2.5-hour (self-guided) walk to Key summit on the Routeburn Track
  • 1 May - 30 October: scenic stops and short walks on the way into Milford.
  • Lunch
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Rain gear

Know before you go

  • On this tour weather conditions will alter the walking options. Your experienced nature guide will offer a series of walks suitable for the season. In summer, from 1 November to 30 April, you can choose from either a 2.5-hour (unguided) walk up Key Summit on the Routeburn Track, or a guided nature tour with a series of short walks
  • Note from 1 May to 31 October, only the guided nature tour is available due to winter conditions
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4.9 / 5

based on 302 reviews

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We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Andrew,our friendly,informative guide at Trips and Tramps made sure everything went seamlessly, personalising our trip to make the most of the day. This included a walk up to Key Summit on the way back which was a highlight for us both, and we really appreciated being able to benefit from his local knowledge and enthusiasm throughout the day. The well organised Mitre Peak Cruise on Milford Sound included interesting commentary and personalised service. A great value, memorable day!

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May 2, 2021

Wonderful day with a small group (yey for not being on a coach with 80 people) exploring various stunning spots on the long Milford Road. Excellent guiding by Neil - thank you. Small boat tour in clear blue sky. I highly recommend a smaller, more intimate group experience and being able to make the most of the wonderful short walks along the route. Neat to be inside the Homer Tunnel as well. Great value for money.

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March 23, 2021

Wonderful guide who feed us so much local geographical and historical information, as well as Maori mythology, flora, fauna, bird life, plus weather patterns and effects etc. Descriptions of the different walks were accurately explained so that the correct choice of a tramp could be made based upon one's physical ability. Obviously Milford itself lived up to all our hopes and expectations. Would highly recommend exploring with Trips and Tramps.

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January 12, 2021

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